“This asshole thought nothing of wrapping some ratty scarves around her grandma haircut and referring to herself as a “fundamentalist.” And you know as soon as someone takes her lily white ass to task for her ignorance it’s going to be met with “CALM DOWN, IT WAS A JOKE.” Meanwhile people’s places of worship are being burned to the fucking ground while this girl is mocking them. Can we replace her with another sub-par white person already. I’ve had my fill of her soft body and tragic eyebrows.”—
As an ex-Muslim who takes comfort and solace in the hijab, and wears it at least every other day because to stop wearing it all together would be like throwing away a childhood blanket (or worse, tossing aside an old friend), Lena Dunham’s comment is patently offensive, and if you don’t think it is than you’d probably think I’m a fundamentalist based on the fact that I occasionally wear this fucking 180cm x110cm garment on my head. In which case, fuck you.
If you are home-schooled by your Christian parents, or attend a voucher school, or are unlucky enough to attend a white Southern public school using Texas textbooks, here is a quick history minute about what the underground Railroad actually was:
The theme of the day for the Romney campaign was, as Alex Rogers notes below, that Obama’s Soft on Welfare. It sort of flopped.
The factoid planted at the microscopic center of the non-story is that the Obama campaign allegedly granted states the right to request waivers from the current welfare work requirements…which is true, except for the following things
1. The waivers would be granted only if states came up with alternative ideas to create jobs for people on welfare.
2. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney himself asked for such a waiver in 2005.
And, this third bit is just too good…3. As governor, Romney offered welfare recipients free auto insurance, registration, inspections and memberships in AAA.
Today on a forum that I post on, I mentioned that I would ideally like to keep all of my child’s possessions gender neutral until they were old enough to tell me themselves what they liked. Someone messaged me and asked why. I explained that I was open to a child who may or may not have a binary gender identity. That I didn’t want to force feminist qualities onto a biological girl if she didn’t want that sort of thing, or masculine qualities onto a biological boy. They told me I was being extreme by keeping it gender neutral. I don’t really think so and if my child, no matter their biological gender, asks me for say, a princess tea set, a basketball, ballet classes, karate classes, or any mix of them, then my child will have them. But I am not going to tell my son that he can be anything he wants for Halloween and have years of boy themed items behind me to make him feel that he needs to be a knight in shining armor instead of a princess, or vice versa. The woman went on to tell me I was a sick person for sexualizing my child, and the only thing I could think to say was that I’d love my kid if they were asexual and wanted to keep being gender neutral, too. Ha ha. I probably should have ignored her, and eventually I did. When she told me I was a terrible mother and someone should call CPS on me, I rolled my eyes, blocked her, and deleted those messages. Maybe trying to keep things completely gender neutral until the age of 2 or so is a little extreme, but I remember what it was like to not really understand if I felt like I was really a woman, and struggling with my own gender identity up until I was in my 20s, and how it was so much harder the younger I was, because I was not normal and everyone could tell. Maybe other moms don’t think about this, but as a very awkward pansexual, slightly genderqueer, I do. I don’t ever want my kids to think that I don’t think they’re anything less than awesome.
“Neo-Nazis were also pioneering a strategy they called “ghost skins,” which are attempts by right-wing extremists to keep quiet about their hateful views so as to blend into society and covertly advance their causes. “One white supremacist group has reportedly encouraged ghost skins to seek positions in law enforcement for the capability of alerting skinhead crews of pending investigative action against them,” says the report.
Another report released the same month revealed more about what it calls this “fascist path of stealth.” A ghost skin deliberately avoids shaving his head, wearing boots or braces, or anything that identifies his Nazi origins. “We strive to blend into society to be unrecognizable to the Jewish enemy,” one white-supremacist website is helpfully quoted as explaining. Prospective ghost skins are encouraged to join the military and receive training that can be passed on to other Nazis.”—Right-wing terror is real, Salon.com (via nessfraserloves)
As a Muslim, I’m sick of people asking me how I feel about 9/11. What do you want me to say, seriously? Do you want me to say, “It was a great plan, mwahahaha!” before I fly off on a magic carpet?
I was born and raised in this country and was just as shocked as everyone else to learn there were people on this earth so vile as to commit such a horrific attack - or to even think about doing it. But I didn’t do it. Neither did 99.999999999 percent of the roughly 1.5 billion people in the world who also call themselves Muslims. So why should I or any other Muslim apologize for what happened?
Nickleback is planning on releasing another album. Should I ask white people to apologize for that?